Monthly Archive: November 2011

Nov 28

Matt’s Film Soundtrack of the Week (28th Nov) – A Clockwork Orange

The Droogs

How does one go about representing rape and ultra-violence with music? In 1971, your best bet would have been to use the strange and relatively new instrument called the synthesizer. This is exactly how Wendy Carlos (then Walter) created the score for Stanley Kubrick’s infamous Clockwork Orange, producing a harsh and hypnotic sound collage …

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Nov 24

Animation Spotlight: Lamborghini

A short animation about the Lamborghini Gallardo, in the style of a promotional video or commercial.

Verdict:

Reflects the style and passion of this exotic supercar, set against spectacular scenery.

 

 

Nov 21

Matt’s Film Soundtrack of the Week (21st Nov) – The Shawshank Redemption

Andy Dufresne

I need not say this; The Shawshank Redemption is a good film. But what about the music? Nobody ever talks about the music score that adorns the top-rated movie on IMDB. I don’t think the neglect is fair and for that reason, Shawshank will be my film soundtrack of the week this week.

Thomas Newman …

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Nov 17

Animation Spotlight: Hair Raising by Jon Ireland

Stumbled across this 40 second animation and thought I’d share it with you all.

Hair Raising from Jon Ireland on Vimeo.

This short, by Jon Ireland from Barnstaple in the UK, was created for the Red Bull Animation Competition.

Made with Cinema 4D and After Effects.

Verdict:

Short and funny, with …

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Nov 14

Matt’s Film Sountrack of the Week (14th Nov) – National Treasure

Cage and his lady friend study something important

Yes, it’s a very mediocre adventure movie that commits all of the usual treasure hunt tropes and stars infamous over-actor Nicholas Cage. BUT, I discovered that National Treasure does have something going for it when I listened to Trevor Rabin’s  score in isolation. This is delicious macho action music from the coolest of film composers, …

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Nov 10

Short Film Review – Solar

Solar is a tale of the sun, moon and two characters who inhabit a world that relies on day and night perhaps more than it would seem.

Released back in 2007, this animated short enjoyed a great deal of success and scooped many awards, including the Best Animated Film at the Royal Television Society …

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Nov 07

Matt’s Film Soundtrack of the Week (7th Nov) – Reservoir Dogs

 

Sometimes great films come along out of nowhere. Reservoir Dogs was Quentin Tarantino’s  debut feature film, made on a minuscule budget when he was virtually unknown, yet for twenty years it has endured nothing but acclaim. The movie’s soundtrack enjoys a similar story; no big name Hollywood film composers were hired …

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Nov 03

Why is Pixar so Successful?

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Pixar Animation Studios are the leading producers of animated films in the world today. The studio that has brought us great films like Toy Story and Cars continues to develop its techniques and technology to unleash the next generation of animated movies. Their domination, however, has not been unchallenged. Similarly, DreamWorks Animation has …

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